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Profession is swimming down the The felicity of man, in a state of stream, confession is swimming against society, really depends upon a great it. How many may swim with the variety of causes which are connected stream, like the dead fish, that cannot together by the closest ties, and which swim against the stream with the liv- assist or impede the operations of each ing fish; many may profess Christ other by a force which often is least that cannot confess Christ.

perceived where it is most exerted. Dr. Parr.


To set the mind above the appetites FORGETFULNESS OF is the end of abstinence; which one of

BLESSINGS. the fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the ground-work of a virtue.

What unthankfulness is it to forget By forbearing to do what may inno- our consolations, and to look upon cently be done, we may add hoorly matters of grievance; to think so new vigour to resolution, and secure much upon two or three crosses, as the power of resistance when pleasure to forget an hundred blessings.or interest shall lend their charm to Sibbs. guilt. The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular ;

BIGOTRY. and all his life is calm and serene,

because it is innocent.

Nothing is more opposite to the spirit of Christianity than bigotry.

“This," as one observes, "arraigns, AFFLICTION.

and condemns, and executes all that Christians mistake in supposing do not bow down and worship the that, when God afflicts, he ceases to image of its idolatary. Possessing love-affliction is his pruning-knife : exclusive prerogative, it rejects every he would rather have the branches of other claim. How many of the dead his vine bleed than be unfruitful. He has it sentenced to eternal misery! prunes us, that we may bring forth How many living characters does it " the peaceable fruits of righteous- reprobate as enemies.




When I see leaves drop from the Mr. Dod, an eminent minister, being trees, in the beginning of autumn, solicited to play at cards, arose from just such, think I, is the friendship his seat, and uncovered his head. The of the world. Whilst the sap of main company asked him what he was tenance lasts, my friends swarm in going to do. He replied, “To crave abundance ; but in the winter of my God's blessing." They immediately need, they leave me naked. He is a exclaimed, “We never ask a blessing happy man that hath a true friend at on such an occasion.” “ Then,” said his need; but he is more truly happy he, “I never engage in any thing but that hath no need of his friend. on what I can beg of God to give his Arthur Warwick.



VIRTUE. When a gentleman who had been It was a saying of Aristotle's, that accustomed to give away some thou- virtue is necessary to the young, to the sands, was supposed to be at the point aged comfortable, to the poor serviceof death, his presumptive heir in- able, to the rich an ornament, to the quired where his fortune was to be fortunate an honor, to the unfortunate found ? To whom he answered, that a support; that she ennobles the slave, it was in the pockets of the indigent. and exalts nobility itself.

To suppliant virtue nothing is deny'd,

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds ;

And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty SINGULAR APOLOGY OF THE spaces, as the reading of useful and

KING OF PRUSSIA TO HIS entertaining authors; and, with that,

NEPHEW. the conversation of a well-chosen

While Frederic the Great, King of friend. A man of letters never knows

Prussia, was dying with the dropsy, the plague of idleness : when the company of his friends fails him, he finds as the disorder continued for a long a remedy in reading, or in composition. "I beg your pardon, nephew, for

time, he one day said to his successor, REPAIRING FRIENDSHIP.

making you wait so long." There is a very original expression THE SCRIPTURES PERVERTED. of Doctor Johnson's to this effect. Towards the close of his life, death

It is a fact which every candid

Christian deplores, that every sect imhaving robbed him of

many friends, he was solicitous to form new ac- poses a meaning on many texts, the quaintances, to keep, he said, friend- very opposite of truth. The Shakers

of America quote almost all the pasship in repair.

sages where the word “shake" occurs, LIBERTY OF JUDGMENT. to justify the practice which dis

tinguishes them: for example, Hagai, Every man has a right to judge for ii, 7, “ I will shake all nations,” is a himself, particularly in matters of prediction which, in their opinion, is religion ; , because every man must fulfilled by them. give an account of himself to God.John Wesley.


When the renowned Admiral HadCUSTOM.

dock was dying, he begged to see bis What influence has custom over son, to whom he thus delivered himdress, furniture, the arts, and even self.—"Notwithstanding my rank in over moral sentiments ? It requires, life, and public services for so many however, to be watched. It should years, I shall leave you only a small never pervert our sentiments with fortune; but, my dear boy, it is regard to humanity and religion. To honestly got, and will wear well : make custom an apology for what is there are no seumen's wages or prounreasonable and irreligious, is making visions in it; nor is there one single a bad use of it indeed,

penny of dirty money."

ANGELS AND THEIR DOCTOR./ used as a stationary or a locomotive
Thomas Aquinas, styled " the power;


be used on land or on angelical doctor," in his treatise on water, and it may be placed perfectly angels, investigates their substance, under human control. Its only disadorders, offices, natures, habits, &c. and vantage is its expensiveness. Steam his conclusions are as minute and is now used to spin the finest thread positive, as though he himself had and stoutest cable, to weave muslins been an experienced angel of the first and to hammer anchors, to propel the order. Angels,” says ho, “ were not largest vessels, to draw our carriages

, before the world! Angels might have to saw and plane our boards; and, in been before the world! Angels were

fact, to accomplish almost all the created by God.—They were created purposes which require either great immediately by himn. They were or unremitted force. And though its created in Empyreal sky.They were introduction frequently throws large created in grace.—They were created masses of labourers out of employment in imperfect beatitude. They are the cheapness of its productions incorporeal compared to us, but stimulates increased consumption, and corporeal compared to God.-An angel in the end the demand for labour is is composed of action and potentiality. much increased. -Every angel differs from another angel in species. The bodies assumed DOMESTIC WORSHIP. by angels, are of thick air.-Many

Sir Thomas Abney was, it is well angels cannot be in the same space.- known, the steady friend of the The motion of an angel is the succession celebrated Dr. Watts, who found in of his different operations. The velocity his house an asylum for more than of the motion of an angel is not thirty-six years. This knight was according to the quantity of his not more distinguished by his hospistrength, but according to his will.- tality than his piety. Neither business The motion of the illumination of an

nor pleasure interrupted his observance angel is threefold, i. e. circular, straight of public and domestic worship. Of änd oblique." &c. Scriblerus, by this a remarkable instance is recorded whom Aquinas's angels are repeated, -Upon the evening of the day that improves on the original, by the he entered on his office of lord-mayor additional inquiries, " Whether angels of London, without any notice, he pass from one extreme to another withdrew from the public assembly without going through the middle. If at Guildhall after supper, went to his angels know things most clearly in a house, there performed worship, and torning. And how many angels can then returned to the company. dance on the point of a very fine needle without jostling one another."


Meditation is the saints' perspective INANIMATE AGENTS TIE

glass, by which they see, "things FRIENDS OF MAN.

invisible.” It is the golden ladder by Steam possesses many advantages which they ascend in holy imagination over every other agent. It is capable to heaven. It is the dove sent out, of exerting any degree of force, from and which brings back the olive-branch the least to the greatest : it may be of peace.


TRUE COURAGE. To improve the golden moment of If thou desire to be truly valiant, opportunity, and catch the good that fear to do any injury : he that fears is within our reach, is the great art of not to do evil

, is always afraid to life. Many wants are suffered, which suffer evil: he that never fears is might have once been supplied, and desperate : and he that fears always much time is lost in regretting the is a coward : he is the true valiant time which has been lost before. He man, that dares nothing but what he that waits for an opportunity to do may, and fears nothing but what he much at once, may breathe out his life ought.—Quarles. in idle wishes ; and regret, in the last hour; his useless intentions, and barren

ADMONITIONS. zeal. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Men's When you are disposed to be vain behaviour should be like their apparel, of your mental acquirements look up not too straight, but free for exercise. to those who are more accomplished Neglect no opportunity of doing good, than yourself, that you may be fired nor cheek thy desire of doing it, by a

with emulation : but when you feel vain fear of what may happen.

dissatisfied with your circumstances, "Opportunity is the cream of time."

look down on those beneath you, that

you may learn contentment, GOOD AND BAD MEN. A good man is like the day, en

GENEROUS ZEAL. lightening and warning all he shines

At a collection made for the behoof on, and is always 'ascending upwards of the Scotch army, when in England, to a region of more constant purity against Charles I., one of the conThe bad man is like the night, dark, tributors gave about seventeen pounds ard scattering fears and unwholesome sterling. She being a poor woman, vapours upon all which rests beneath. Mr. Liveston called on her, and asked - Feltham.

her how she had accumulated so large

a sum. She replied, "I have been WONDERS OF NATURE.

saving it for a long time, to be a The comparative strength of the portion for my daughter ; but, seeing insect tribes has ever been a subject of the Lord has taken her away, I have Wonder and admiration to the natura- given him her portion also." list: The strength of these minute creatures is enormous. This muscular

WORLDLY OCCUPATION. power in relation to their size far

This world is the place for labour, exceeds that of any other animal. The grasshopper will spring 200 times the and not for rest, or enjoyment, except length of its own body. The dragon- that enjoyment which may be found fly, by its strength of wing, will in serving God. We shall have time sustain itself in the air for a long enough in the coming world to rest, summer day with unabated speed. and to converse with our friends ; and The makes 600 strokes with it may well reconcile us to separation its wings, whieh will carry it five feet here, if we hope to be for ever with

them there. in every second,



They could never forget his earnest On Christmas-day, the Fourthi Annual exhortations and prayers for them. Old Scholars' Tea Meeting was held in Over many he rejoiced, others he the school-room of the Independent mourned, but they all loved him, and Chapel, when about 130 sat down, en- now they were anxious to testify their joying the social treat.

The Rev. T.esteem. The speaker was commisJohnson, minister, was invited to the sioned to present to their highly bechair, when the presentation to several loved pastor, in the name of the teachers of the senior scholars, and young peo- and elder scholars of these schools, as a ple who had become teachers during the parting token of regard-a copy of Benpast year, of copies of the Holy Bible, gel's Gnomon of the New Testament, 5 with references, took place. On lifting vols., and 2 vols. of Tract Society's up the last book, the chairman remarked Paragraph Annotated Bible, trusting it was the last Bible he should present these books would be useful in his this side the mighty ocean. The chord studies in the distant land to which he of sympathy was touched in many a was so soon to depart; feeling certain heart, evincing he was respected and that when he placed them upon his beloved by the young and old around study table that his thoughts would him. A few other remarks passed, revert to their Christmas-day meeting, when the chairman called upon Mr. J. and to his Hinckley home. When he Lord to address the meeting, from saw inscribed on the first leaf of the whose statements it appeared that the Gnomon the names of those who had schools were in a more flourishing con- thus testified their regard, his oftdition than at any former period—the repeated prayer would rise to heaven number on the books being larger, and on their behalf. Another duty the the attendance better, than in past speaker had to perform was to present years. He trusted that the two great to the beloved wife of their dear pastor wants felt by the teachers--more help a token of esteem for the valuable in-and more room--would be supplied. structions she has given to the young The present school-room was far too people who had been accustomed to small to admit of comfortable accom- meet her by her own fire side, who modation for 335 scholars. The chair- could never forget the lessons there man then called upon Mr. W. J. Simp- imparted; he felt sure that when she son, who remarked that it was the last placed this work-box on the table in time they should meet their beloved her new home, and her eyes glanced pastor on such an occasion as the pre- over the inscription on its lid, she too

Before another Christmas-day would remember those who in this the mighty deep would roll its waves small gift desired to testify their es. between them, for their pastor was teem. about to leave for the far off land of Mr. Johnson, in rising to reply, said Australia, his future home. His minis- he often felt when about to speak from trations were highly valued by them, the pulpit that if he got through the and he rejoiced that his labours were text, it would be the most he could do, not in vain during the five years' resi- but he never felt the difficulty to exdence of the rev. gentleman in Hinck- press his feelings truly so great as ley; but he trusted that his success in now. The gifts he should highly value, that distant country would be a thou- and never part with them so long as sand-fold greater than it had been here. life lasted. Every Christmas-day they


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